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  Newsletter for Collectors - Vol 4.1February 24, 2010 

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19th Century Photographic Studios: Backgrounds
19th Century Photographic Studios: Backgrounds
Shaped by War: Photographs by Don McCullin
Shaped by War: Photographs by Don McCullin
19th Century Photographic Studios: Properties, accessories and novelties
19th Century Photographic Studios: Properties, accessories and novelties

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Luminous-Lint is now coming back to speed after all the house moves and here is the latest batch of online exhibitions for your enjoyment and edification. Join in when and where you can as there are many pathways to explore with photo-history. All the best and thanks for your friendship and shared knowledge, Alan

NEW ONLINE EXHIBITIONS
 

The following photography exhibitions have been added recently to Luminous-Lint:
 
  • 19th Century Photographic Studios: Backgrounds This online exhibition takes us into an under-researched area of photo-history - a forthcoming book - that I‘m looking forward to - will fill in some gaps. This online exhibition has an introduction by John Toohey and has been assisted by George C. Berticevich, Barbara Cowan, T. Max Hochstetler and James Wyman. We are planning other exhibitions in related areas and so if you have photographs from around the world that show photographers using backgrounds at fairs, religious festivals and markets we would love to hear from you.
     
  • Shaped by War: Photographs by Don McCullin "Photography for me is not looking, it‘s feeling. If you can‘t feel what you‘re looking at, then you‘re never going to get other to feel anything when they look at your pictures." - Don McCullin, “Sleeping with Ghosts” (1996)
     
    This online exhibition coincides with "Shaped by War: Photographs by Don McCullin" at the Imperial War Museum North in the UK (6 February to 13 June 2010). Thanks to Don McCullin and the staff at the Imperial War Museum for their assistance with this exhibition.
     
  • 19th Century Photographic Studios: Properties, accessories and novelties Another topic given cursory attention in photo-history is the "properties, accessories and novelties" used by 19th century photographers. These can range from the head clamps shown the engravings and lithographs of Honoré Daumier, George Cruikshank and Cuthbert Bede that appear to instruments of torture through to the posing chairs and those columns and rustic fences which are so incongruous. Enjoy and if you have odd examples or photos of a posing chair that has survived the ravages of time let me know.
     
  • Yuval Yairi: The Savoy Israeli photographer Yuval Yairi has explored memory in his previous series Forevermore and Palaces of Memory. His technique of combining large numbers of photographs into a single image in the style of David Hockney or Lukas Roth is appropriate given the fractured nature of the past. Each component image is a visual truth but the entire constructed image demonstrates that there are many ways of seeing.
     
    We are viewing broken memories as photographic shards.
     
  • Portrait: Cross-dressing, gender switching and related issues This exhibition was great fun to create and many people helped out with examples. It also got me invited to the "No Pants" party in New York that certainly looked like an intriguing event but I gave it a miss.
     
  • The Atomic Age Ordinary-Light kindly supplied this exhibition on the planning, explosions and aftermath of Atomic weapons.
     
  • 19th Century Itinerant Photographers This is a place-holder that includes some interesting examples from those intrepid photographers who travelled by wagon, train and river boat to earn their trade. I have included "dark tents" in this exhibition but they may need to have an online exhibition of their own in the future. Anybody know of the whereabouts of any photographs or engravings of Johann Baptist Isenring‘s "Sonnenwagen (sun carriage)"?
     
  • 19th Century Photographic Studios: Exteriors Some example images to get us started. I still need to do some research in the archives to flesh out this one.
     
  • 19th Century Photographic Studios: Interiors As with the exteriors I‘m planning to add to this exhibition and reorder it as we go.
     
  • Photographic restoration John Steele kindly provided a series of before and after examples of digitally restored images. With digital restoration the purpose can be different as the original image is never touched. The cloning of areas to remove original water spots from film negatives may be permissable to create a digital master for publication just as the removal of surface abrasions from the scan of a Daguerreotype can bring forth the clarity of the plate to improve scholarship. How far one can go depends on the circumstances and the addition of colour or the creation of a frame will be considered to overstep accuracy by some. Experts on fabrics and the history of fashion may question colour choices where there is no trace of tints, paints or a colour original. Specialists in early frames will question frames that do not match the somber tones and styles of the period.
     
    This online exhibition shows us the possibilities and raises the questions and thanks to John Steele for sharing his work with us.
     
  • O Canada Well as I now live in Canada I will be adding some exhibitions that concentrate on Canadian photo-history. This exhibition has been kindly provided by Sephen Bulger Gallery. A selection of Canadian Military images from the William Schultz Collection arrived through last night and I am planning to do an exhibition on those as well.
     
  • Sixteen Different Alternative Processes from One Negative I have been interested in providing reference sets for some time that encourage us to think about how the selection of the process affects the final image. Here sixteen different processes have been used by Terry King based on the same negative of the south aisle of Chichester cathedral in England. The negative was prepared with a salt print in mind and so neither the density of the negative nor the subject matter may be ideal for other processes. Having said that the series provides a useful reference set as a teaching tool and I would be most interested in hearing from others who have created series based upon the same subject.
     

 
Yuval Yairi: The Savoy
Yuval Yairi: The Savoy
Portrait: Cross-dressing, gender switching and related issues
Portrait: Cross-dressing, gender switching and related issues
The Atomic Age
The Atomic Age

 
I‘m seeking examples for future online exhibitions:
  • 19th century "Dark Tents" in use and anecdotal sources relating to their use.
     
  • 20th century studio backgrounds from around the world. If you have taken a photograph of an itinerant photographer at a religous festival or market working with a background/backdrop anywhere in the world I‘d like to hear about it.
     
  • Photographs, engavings, adverts, sales catalogues and price lists of the salesrooms, warehouses and stockrooms of 19th century photographic stock depots and manufacturers.
     
    So if you are the kind of person who knows about E. Anthony later E. & H.T. Anthony (USA, NY), Scovill Company and the Scovill Manufacturing Company (USA, NY) Tilford‘s (USA, St. Louis), Southern Stock Depot (Baltimore), Richard Walzl (USA, Baltimore), Marion & Co (USA), N.E. Sisson (USA, NY), A.M. Collins (USA), Vincent and Charles Chevalier (France, Paris), Bianchi (France, Paris), Peter Wilhelm Friedrich von Voigtländer (Austria), Bland & Long (GB, London), Zeiss, Horne, Thornwaite and Wood (GB, London), Noël Marie Paymal Lerebours (France), the renowned Dollond family (GB, London) or Edward N. Kent (GB, London) now is the time to join in.
     
  • Photo-micrographs - any period or type. This includes engravings, wood-cuts and lithographs of the 19th century equipment used.
     
  • Nineteenth century Scientific expeditions. We know about the US ones but what about the Dutch, Italian, Russian, French or Austro-Hungarian ones? There must have been a great many nineteenth century expeditions of exploration and discovery that took photographs. I will be happy to share any lists that are compiled along the way.
     
  • Night photography
     
  • Solarizations
Join in when you can and thanks to the well over 1,000 of you who have assisted with this project and to all of you working away on the upcoming exhibitions and content. 
  

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What‘s New on Luminous-Lint

Feb 2519th Century Photographic Studios: Backgrounds
Feb 2419th Century Photographic Studios: Properties, accessories and novelties
Feb 20Dark tents
Feb 17Shaped by War: Photographs by Don McCullin
Feb 17Nineteenth century woodcuts, engravings and lithographs of photographers, their studios, darkrooms, equipment and other oddities

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Feb 112010 European Publishers Award for Photography
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